TOPEKA Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller today said the Comprehensive Transportation Plan was in funding jeopardy and called on legislators to approve additional bonds to keep it rolling.
She said when lawmakers refinanced the 10-year, $13.5 billion plan in 2004, they assumed an infusion of $250 million in federal aid over five years.
But the recently approved federal transportation bill will provide only $133 million that can be applied to the state program, she said.
"The federal funding gap, combined with escalating construction and operating costs driven up by this season's devastating Gulf hurricanes, have put our transportation plan in jeopardy," Miller said.
She urged legislators to implement a contingency plan to ensure that all the projects that have been promised will be completed.
Miller also called on legislators to honor another commitment that was built into the 2004 restructuring of the transportation plan -- repayment of $125 million in loans made to the state out of the highway fund.
The transportation plan was originally adopted in 1999.
Miller did not cite specific road projects that might be imperiled by the funding problem.